Sri Lanka Cricket claims, ‘no change in plans’, SLC will host ASIA Cup

Asia Cup 2022 – Asia Cup in Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has contradicted Asian Cricket Council’s President Jay Shah’s statement. Shah had last week said that the final decision on venue of Asia Cup will only be taken after IPL 2022 Finals. But SLC’s Secretary Mohan De Silva has contradicted that. According to De Silva, Asia Cup 100% will take place in Sri Lanka and there is no going back on that: Follow Asia Cup Cricket LIVE Updates with InsideSport.IN

“Asia Cup T-20 cricket tournament will be held from August 27 to September 11th in Sri Lanka and that is final. SLC officials are in a very positive mood to conduct this Asia Cup with the support of the Asian Cricket Council. No one is doing any rethink and there is no going back on that”, Mohan De Silva told InsideSport from Colombo

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Asia Cup 2022: Contrary to Jay Shah’s statement, Sri Lanka Cricket Sec claims ‘Asia Cup 100% will take place in Sri Lanka’

Asia Cup in Sri LankaWhen is Asia Cup? According to De Silva, tournament will be played from August 27th to September 11th. 

It is worth noting that ACC President & BCCI Sec Jay Shah last week had said that the situation of hosting the event in Sri Lanka, will be assessed on the day of the final of IPL 2022.

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“I had a detailed discussion with the officials of Sri Lanka Cricket on the situation in the country and its impact on cricket. SLC is hopeful of delivering a safe and successful Men’s Asia Cup. The office-bearers of SLC will be hosted at IPL 2022 final on May 29, and we will further assess the situation,” Jay Shah told ANI.

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Why Asia Cup in Sri Lanka is doubtful?

  • The Sri Lankan economy has been in a free-fall since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Covid has affected the tourism, the biggest contributor to Sri Lanka’s GDP.
  • Sri Lanka is also facing a foreign exchange shortage, which has affected its capacity to import food and fuel.
  • The shortage of essential goods forced Sri Lanka to seek assistance from friendly countries.
  • The economic situation has led to huge protests with demands for the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
  • Earlier, in a special address to the nation on Monday, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa requested people to remain patient and stop taking to the streets in order to enable the government to resolve the situation.

Asia Cup 2022: SLC Declares not only Asia Cup but Australia tour of Sri Lanka also on schedule

Australia Tour of Sri Lanka: After six years Australia cricket team is scheduled to travel to Sri Lanka this summer.

Australian team will play two Test matches, three T-20’s and 5 ODI’s. According to SLC Sec, the tour of Australia is also not in any kind of danger.

Australian officials are already in Colombo to look into tour plan and the security conditions before the series.

According to SLC, Indian cricket team will also travel to Sri Lanka to play a T20 Series in August. But the BCCI is yet to confirm the tour.

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